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April 14, 2014 - 8:04 am

Marking the release of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 3 report over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry said the document “makes very clear we face an issue of global willpower, not capacity.”

The report warned that greenhouse gases have built up at an unprecedented rate and said switches to clean energy are needed immediately to avert catastrophic global warming. The scientists involved said it’s not a matter of phasing out fossil fuels but phasing out plants that don’t use carbon-capture technology.

“We’ve already had wake-up call after wake-up call about climate science. This report is a wake-up call about global economic opportunity we can seize today as we lead on climate change,” Kerry said in a statement Sunday. “So many of the technologies that will help us fight climate change are far cheaper, more readily available, and better performing than they were when the last IPCC assessment was released less than a decade ago. Good energy solutions are climate solutions and this report shines a light on energy technologies available right now to substantially reduce global emissions.”

“These technologies can cut carbon pollution while growing economic opportunity at the same time. The global energy market represents a $6 trillion opportunity, with 6 billion users around the world. By 2035, investment in the energy sector is expected to reach nearly $17 trillion,” he continued.

“We already know that climate science is unambiguous and that every year the world defers action, the costs only grow. But focusing only on grim realities misses promising realities staring us right in the face.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who gives a weekly speech warning about climate change on the Senate floor, is using this week’s recess to go on a climate-change tour along the country’s southeast coast from the Carolinas to Miami.

“Climate change is among the most serious issues facing Rhode Island. It affects our economy, our homes and businesses, and our very way of life,” said Whitehouse. “We’re doing what we can in Rhode Island to limit the damage of climate change, but this is a worldwide problem that we can’t address alone. We need other states – and ultimately other nations – to join us in reducing emissions, investing in clean energy, and taking steps to adapt to the changes that are already occurring.”

“This road trip will be an opportunity for me to see how climate change is affecting other areas of our country; to hear about what these states are doing to address climate threats; and to bring new ideas back to Washington as I continue working to get Congress to wake up and take action on this issue.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Kerry is right. Scientific observation reveals an unambiguous change in the climate; The security climate that is.

Instability is on the rise around the world.

Red lines are drawn by teleprompter, while Tomahawk and Hellfire missile production lines are abandoned.

Tyrants are comforted while Allies are left in confusion.

Decades of imperfect yet carefully constructed foreign policies are unraveled.

Israel is slowly and carefully isolated, while CAIR has access to the DOJ and the WH.

Currency is devalued while budgets are an 18th century Constitutional relic.

The bureaucratic and legal power of the government is marshalled against private citizens and organizations that advocate for the rule of law, while the government selectively enforces existing law and creates new law by fiat.

Apostate Catholics run the House Minority party and the Department of State, and the President lies to the Pope to his face, while devout Catholics are under assault for the crime of operating hospitals, adoption agencies, and universities, all among the oldest in the nation.

Kerry is right, the climate is changing at a rapidly accelerating rate, and it will be cheaper and easier to address it now rather than later.

Wake up call indeed.
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Ptolemaic cosmology was "settled science" for 1500 years. Of course, that didn't make it true.
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Kerry is either profoundly ignorant or he's a lying sack of donkey dung.

Oh, wait. My philosophy prof just called. I've committed a "false dichotomy" error.

Sorry.

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Kerry should have been hung for sedition 40 years ago. Firing squad works also.
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The climate changes. Always has, always will.
John Kerry is a dangerous fool. Always has been, always will be.
Two facts of life we can do nothing about.
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Kerry is right. Scientific observation reveals an unambiguous change in the climate; The security climate that is.

Instability is on the rise around the world.

Red lines are drawn by teleprompter, while Tomahawk and Hellfire missile production lines are abandoned.

Tyrants are comforted while Allies are left in confusion.

Decades of imperfect yet carefully constructed foreign policies are unraveled.

Israel is slowly and carefully isolated, while CAIR has access to the DOJ and the WH.

Currency is devalued while budgets are an 18th century Constitutional relic.

The bureaucratic and legal power of the government is marshalled against private citizens and organizations that advocate for the rule of law, while the government selectively enforces existing law and creates new law by fiat.

Apostate Catholics run the House Minority party and the Department of State, and the President lies to the Pope to his face, while devout Catholics are under assault for the crime of operating hospitals, adoption agencies, and universities, all among the oldest in the nation.

Kerry is right, the climate is changing at a rapidly accelerating rate, and it will be cheaper and easier to address it now rather than later.

Wake up call indeed.
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"Apostate Catholics run the House Minority party and the Department of State"

Not to mention the heretic who runs the Catholic Church right now!
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